Crockpot No Peel Cinnamon Apples

I’ve taken classic cinnamon apples and made them even easier with these Crockpot No Peel Cinnamon Apples! No need to peel the apples, and they’re hands-off cooking, thanks to your slow cooker! 

Crockpot No Peel Cinnamon Apples

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Apples are quintessentially fall, and I love cooking with them. I love everything they’re in – applesauce, baked goods, sauces, all of it. What I don’t like is peeling apples. I even have an apple-peeler gadget, and I still just hate the time it takes and the cleanup.

So, I’ve made applesauce with unpeeled apples before, and the peel gets just as soft as the rest of the apple. I was pretty sure I could make some delicious crockpot cinnamon apples with the skin left on, too.

Turns out I was right! I will never peel the skin off my apples before making cinnamon apples again! And, since I didn’t have to spend time peeling the apples, the whole recipe prep took less than 5 minutes. Then the apples were in the slow cooker and cooking – hands off!

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Crockpot No Peel Cinnamon Apples – the Ingredients

This is one of my favorite kinds of recipes: only 6 ingredients, and 3 of them are spices! 

All you need to make these is 5 large apples (any variety – I used Honeycrisp, because that’s what I had on hand), a 1/2 cup of granulated sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and a tablespoon of butter. 

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Making the Crockpot No Peel Cinnamon Apples

Starting by washing your apples well. Then use your apple slicer or a knife to cut your apples into slices. My slicer makes pretty thick slices, so I cut each one in half to make them a bit thinner. 

Spray your crockpot – I used the medium sized one, but you can toss them in a full-size slow cooker, too. Dump all the sliced apples into the crockpot.

Sprinkle the 1/2 cup of granulated sugar over the top of the apples. Then sprinkle the cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves over top. Add the tablespoon of butter to the slow cooker. Cover with the lid and set on low. 

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Cook the apples for 3-4 hours on low. After an hour or two – once the apples start reducing in size and there’s room to stir – stir the mixture well to spread the cinnamon love around. Cover with the lid again and let cook.

After 3-4 hours, check your apples. If they’re soft enough, but the sauce seems pretty thin, you can add a tablespoon of cornstarch mixed with a tablespoon or two of water. Pour the mixture in, stir it well, and let the apples cook for 20-30 more minutes, until the mixture is thick enough. 

Serve the apples warm as a side dish or dessert. Or, check out all the serving ideas below and get crazy with your delicious Crockpot No Peel Cinnamon Apples!

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Variations of Crockpot Cinnamon Apples:

  • Chai-Spiced Cinnamon Apples – add a tablespoon of chai spice or crushed chai tea (from a cut open tea bag) to the crockpot alongside the cinnamon. Continue the recipe as above. 
  • Bourbon Cinnamon Apples – add 2 tablespoons of good quality bourbon to the apples before the sugar. Up the butter to 2 tablespoons. When you stir the apples after 2 hours, remove 1/4 cup of liquid. 
  • Maple Cinnamon Apples – use 1/4 cup of maple syrup and 1/4 cup of granulated sugar in place of the half cup granulated sugar. Continue recipe as above. 

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Ways to Eat the Cinnamon Apples:

  • on top of vanilla ice cream
  • on top of pancakes
  • over grilled pork chops
  • stirred into oatmeal
  • spooned over a bowl of yogurt and topped with granola


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Crockpot No Peel Cinnamon Apples
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
3 hrs
Total Time
3 hrs 5 mins

Easy, 5 minute prep, no peel cinnamon apples - warm, spicy and perfectly fall!

Servings: 8 servings
  • 5 large apples, any variety
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 c. granulated sugar
  • pinch nutmeg
  • pinch cloves
  • 1 tbsp. butter
  1. Spray the inside of your slow cooker with cooking spray.

  2. Wash and slice your apples. No need to peel the apples - just use your apple cutter or a knife to slice your apples into thinnish slices.

  3. Dump apples into slow cooker. Pour sugar over top. Sprinkle 2 teaspoons of cinnamon, pinch of nutmeg and pinch of cloves on top. Top with tablespoon of butter.

  4. Cover slow cooker with lid and cook on low 3-4 hours. Stir after an hour or two to mix all the ingredients together.

  5. Serve warm.

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